Coffee is by no means a niche beverage. Finland consumes 26.45 lbs of coffee per capita, making them the top coffee-consuming country in the world. However popular it may be, that doesn’t mean it’s not prone to its own myths. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently repeated coffee myths and went about debunking them in the hopes that they’ll allow you to better enjoy our specialty coffee and stay as Motorized as ever!
Coffee Makes You Dehydrated - This one likely came about due to coffee being a diuretic, meaning you’ll be in the bathroom more often than a BMW visits the service shop. Even so, coffee is a liquid and can actually count as part of your daily water intake so you’re all good there!
Coffee Is Addictive - Unlike alcohol or the feeling of doing 200 mph in a McLaren 765LT, coffee is not considered an addictive substance. If you regularly drink coffee and quit cold turkey, you might get a mild headache or loss of focus for a few days but nothing that will require rehabilitation or any sort of medical attention.
Decaf Contains No Caffeine - While this might be a bit counterintuitive, hear us out. The decaffination process removes up to 97% of the caffeine from the coffee beans, which means that you won’t feel the effects of caffeine after your regular cup. In fact, you'd have to drink five to 10 cups of decaf coffee to get that energy buzz we crave from the usual 8-ounce cup of regular coffee.
Darker Roasts have More Caffeine than Light Roasts - This one might come from our understanding of “light” meaning “less”, but that doesn’t apply in this case. When creating a dark roast, the coffee beans are kept in the roaster for longer and thus lose more water and mass. The more mass they lose, the less caffeine is present. Thus, when the beans are roasted less in a light roast, they retain more of their caffeine content.
Caffeine Can Sober You Up - No it can’t. If anything, it can stimulate you and make you feel like you’re able to do anything. When you’re under the influence of alcohol, you can hardly do anything, much less drive your straight-piped Aventador home. The coffee won’t outweigh the alcohol in your system no matter how much of it you drink in a single sitting. In short, keep away from caffeine if you’re drunk.
Coffee Can be Preserved in the Fridge or Freezer - This is just about the worst thing you can do to your beans. Coffee beans do worst when there’s light, heat, and moisture present, the latter of which is plentiful in both the fridge and freezer. If you take out the coffee, brew a cup, and put them back in either the fridge or the freezer, that change in temperature creates moisture which is then absorbed by the beans. Do this a few more times, and you’ll have stale, flavorless coffee in no time. Do you really want to do that to your specialty Motorized Coffee? Our recommendation has always been to keep coffee in an airtight container, something the built-in bag sealing strips are perfect for!
Coffee Aids in Weight Loss - Not quite, but it can help. Coffee can reduce appetite for short periods of time and even increase metabolism. Much like E85 helps with getting the most power out of your engine, coffee can aid in weight loss but it doesn’t cause it on its own.
Coffee Won’t Stop Your Growth - From what I’ve read, this myth comes from a 20th century coffee substitute called Postum. This company used some pretty aggressive slogans to effectively kill coffee, including the boldfaced lie that it will stunt your kids’ growth. Needless to say, there is no scientific proof that this is true, much like there is no proof that Corinthian leather was anything more than regular leather. Thanks Chrysler!
Now that you’re an enlightened coffee aficionado, use your newfound knowledge to explore the numerous roast-to-order choices we offer! Are you a Mocha Bean type of person? Or maybe our limited edition Pumpkin Spice roast is more up your alley? You won’t know until you try!